RTF® Rhizomatous Tall Fescue


Rhizomes to the Rescue

Barenbrug RTF has a larger root system than other grassA rhizome (from Greek, meaning root-stalk) is a horizontal plant stem, most often found underground. Rhizomes are valued because they send out new roots and shoots, allowing new plants to propagate at a distance from the original plant. More than 10 years ago, Barenbrug turf scientists developed a superior tall fescue variety with rhizome-rich plants. We call it Rhizomatous Tall Fescue, or RTF. 


Not all Grass is the Same

RTF® is the only Tall Fescue with True Rhizomes. Rhizomes help the RTF quickly fill in damaged and bare spots in your lawn with new shoots of grass. This results in less over-seeding, fewer weed problems and no wide-leafed ugly clumps of grass like other tall fescues can form.


RTF’s extensive root system has the ability to draw moisture from a deep soil profile, which helps it use less water and makes it adaptable in a wide range of soils. It has excellent heat and drought tolerance, with less irrigation. A New Mexico State University trial proved RTF maintained high turf quality with 30% less water.


 Self-repairing Turf

  • Quickly fills in damaged or open spots with new shoots of grass

  • High level of traffic tolerance

  • Dense turf without open areas prevents weed growth


Strong, deep root system and drought tolerance

  • Rapid development of a deep root system

  • Excellent drought and heat tolerance with less irrigation

  • Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions


Grows great in sun or shade

  • Excellent in the transition zone climate and other tall fescue turf regions

  • Will not brown out in the intense summer heat

  • One of the most shade tolerant cool season grasses


Excellent color and density

  • Has fine leaves which produce a very dense, uniform sod

  • Early spring green-up

  • Withstands stressful hot temperatures and keeps its rich green color


Excellent insect and disease resistance

  • Endophyte enhanced for improved insect, disease and drought tolerance

  • Environmentally friendly, reduces chemical and fertilizer inputs